Bridge Work to Affect Traffic

Work starting in the next two weeks on two District bridges will affect city traffic.

The second phase of rehabilitating the Eastern Avenue Bridge over the CSX Railroad begins today when the new concrete deck on the north side will be poured.

Traffic between Monroe Street and Bladensburg Road NE will be limited to one direction until the work in completed Dec. 17. There also will be intermittent closings from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., according to the D.C. Department of Public Works.

The 24th Street bridge over K Street NW, between Pennsylvania and New Hampshire avenues, will be rehabilitated starting Dec. 13. The bridge will be closed Jan. 3 through July 31.

Man, 21, Found Fatally Shot in NW

District police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man found shot in the back of his head in a Northwest parking lot late Saturday, officials said.

The unidentified District man was found about 11:40 p.m., in a parked car in the 1400 block of Harvard Street NW. Police declined to reveal the man's name, but said he was found sitting behind the wheel of a 1987 Mercury Marquis. Poice would not say whether the man owned the car or whether he had been robbed.


USNA Names Commandant of Midshipmen

A new commandant of midshipmen will take control at the U.S. Naval Academy this month.

Academy officials announced that Navy Capt. Sam Locklear has been named to the No. 2 job at the Annapolis military college, the military equivalent of a dean of students.

He will replace Adm. Gary Roughead, who is leaving the academy after two years to become commander of a cruiser destroyer group based in Norfolk.

Locklear, a 1977 graduate of the academy, served most recently as executive assistant to the vice chief of naval operations.

Fire Officials Meeting to Discuss Problems

Leaders of the volunteer Riverdale Fire Department and Prince George's County firefighters will set up a series of meetings today to discuss problems that led to the county assuming control of the department after volunteers were legally barred from answering calls, Riverdale Mayor Ann Ferguson said.

Ferguson said the weekend was a "settling down time" until the two parties could begin meeting with town officials this week to discuss volunteers' complaints that they would no longer answer ambulance calls because they were short-staffed.

The town of Riverdale Park, citing "an immediate threat to the public health, safety and welfare," obtained a restraining order Friday barring volunteers from working for 10 days.

Ferguson said a Riverdale Park police officer will stand watch at the station 24 hours a day "to help maintain order" until the problems are settled.

College to Start For-Profit Program

The University of Maryland-University College will be able to establish a for-profit company to market Internet courses to out-of-state and overseas students.

Approval was given yesterday by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

The new company will be set up over the next six months. It will seek corporate sponsors at first. But Gerald Heeger, president of UMUC, said it may sell stock to the public in a few years.

Men in Pickup Fire Shots at Car

Two men in a pickup truck followed a car occupied by three Chestertown women for 21 miles and then fired at least two shots into their car, according to the Kent County sheriff's office.

Front seat passenger Germaine P. Clarkston, 73, was wounded in the left hip. She underwent surgery at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was listed yesterday in critical condition.

Michelle Y. Wilson, 38, the backseat passenger, and driver Meriam G. Spriggs, 67, were treated at Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital and released.

The three women were returning Saturday evening from a shopping trip to Dover, Del., when the Ford pickup truck began following them in Millington, sheriff's officials said.

The pickup driver began flashing high-beam headlights and blowing its horn. After the two vehicles entered Chestertown about 6:30 p.m., the pickup pulled alongside and an occupant opened fire.

Authorities were searching yesterday for the occupants of the newer model full-size Ford truck, described as black with gray trim and dual, chrome exhaust pipes.

Homeless Man Hit by Cars, Dies

A 54-year-old homeless man was struck by two cars and fatally injured Saturday night as he tried to cross Rockville Pike near Randolph Road in a busy shopping area, Montgomery County police said.

The man was identified as Dwite McKinney, who lived in a wooded area near the intersection, police said. They said he was hit about 6 p.m. when he stepped in front of a northbound car. After rolling off that car, he fell and was hit by another car, police said.

He died at Suburban Hospital about three hours later, they said.


Winning Lottery Tickets Sold Nearby

Two winning tickets for Saturday night's $8 million Lotto jackpot were sold in Weber City and Chesapeake, the Virginia Lottery said yesterday.

Twenty-three players picked five of the six numbers to win $1,435 each. Another 1,356 players won $55 each by getting four numbers correct and 22,133 players won a free ticket by getting three of six.

The winning numbers were 9-21-23-32-40-43.

The estimated prize for Wednesday's Lotto drawing will be about $1 million.


"I didn't realize things were this bad. I'm not going to sit quietly and let other people not do their jobs. It's not going to happen."

--D.C. Department of Public Health Director Ivan C.A. Walks, commenting on suspicious deaths of retarded men and women in homes operated under contract to the District government.

--Page A1